Daily Calendar for Friday, November 24, 2023


  • Zachary Taylor (12th U.S. president) –
  • Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (novelist) –
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (artist) –
  • Scott Joplin (pianist, King of Ragtime) –
  • Cathleen Nesbitt (actress) –
  • Garson Kanin (playwright) –
  • Steve Yeager (baseball player) –
  • Brad Sherwood (comedian) –
  • Colin Hanks (actor) –
  • Katherine Heigl (actress) –


  • Lee Harvey Oswald (suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy) –
  • Freddie Mercury (musician) –
  • John Rawls (leading figure in political philosophy and legal theory) –
  • Warren Spahn (American baseball player) –
  • Pat Morita (actor) –


  • The transit of Venus was first observed–
  • Justus Falckner became the first Lutheran pastor ordained in America (Philadelphia)–
  • Charles Darwin’s controversial Origin of Species published–
  • First national Thanksgiving celebration–
  • Joseph Glidden granted patent for barbed wire fencing–
  • Cape Breton Railway opened, Nova Scotia–
  • Ruth Nichols became the first woman to fly a transcontinental flight–
  • Lee Harvey Oswald, accused by Dallas police of assassinating President Kennedy, was shot and killed by Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas municipal building while in police custody–
  • 239-lb. yellowfin tuna caught off Catalina Island, California–
  • 14.04-pound saugeye caught, Antrim Lake, Ohio–


  • In what became known as the β€œBattle Above the Clouds,” the Union army, aided by clouds obscuring the battlefield, was victorious at Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga–

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